Grants and Funding

Policing and Community Safety Partnership Small Grants Programme

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council invites applications for the PCSP Small Grants Programme for projects taking place between 24 August 2020 to 7 February 2021. 

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Council would particularly welcome applications which meet the aims of the Mid and East Antrim’s Policing & Community Safety Partnership small grants program which link to the Department of Justice’s overarching objectives of the PCSP which are:

  • Objective 1:  To form, and successfully deliver the functions of, the Policing and Community Safety Partnership for the area
  • Objective 2: To improve community safety by tackling crime and anti-social behavior 
  • Objective 3: To improve community confidence in policing

The scheme will be 80% funded up to a maximum of £2,500 through one application. For a list of activities supported see attached Guidance Notes.

How to Apply

Applicants to all schemes are reminded that the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is an unprecedented global event and advice is constantly being updated. The latest advice from the UK government and the NHS can be found at Gov.uk's Coronavirus section.

All activities for which grant is provided must be planned and undertaken in compliance with the Government’s social distancing guidance, to protect everyone from the risk of infection.

Visit the PHA COVID-19 Advice page on the Public Health website.

Before completing an application, applicants should make sure that they are eligible to apply and have read the guidance notes in full which can be downloaded below.

Applications can be made online at Council's Funding Hub. Manual applications can be requested by contacting the Grants Office on the contact details below and may be returned to any of the following Council buildings.  Applications received after the closing dates will not be accepted.

  • Ballymena – Ardeevin, 80 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1AB
  • Larne – Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RU
  • Carrickfergus – Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG

Applications for all schemes can be made online:

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N.B. All  schemes are subject to Council receiving funding from the relevant awarding body.  Funding levels and closing dates may be subject to change depending on the availability of budget.

Projects carried out before the outcome of the application is known, or before any Letter of Offer is issued will be done so at risk of not being funded.

Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office at: Tel: 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240 or by emailing grants@midandeastantrim.gov.uk  

Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds. Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, as part of its duties under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, is committed to equal opportunities and good relations and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All awards will be based strictly on the merit principle. 


Governance Standards

Council would remind you of the requirements to maintain appropriate governance in undertaking all council funded activities:

  • All activities for which funding is provided must be planned and undertaken in compliance with the Government’s social distancing guidance, to protect everyone from the risk of infection. Visit the PHA COVID-19 Advice page.
  • In relation to any scheme that has been established to assist vulnerable people within the Mid and East Antrim Borough, the applicant group must ensure that the benefits of the funding remain and take place within the Borough only. This includes the distribution of items such as food, household items and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).
  • Any groups undertaking projects that involve the making and distributing of PPE or food should ensure that the relevant legal guidelines are adhered to and appropriate safety information, including warnings, are provided with the product.
  • As part of the conditions of the Letter of Offer accepted by the signee on behalf of the awarded group, you are required to keep all receipts and invoices relating to the project and ensure that the expenditure is visible on the group’s bank statement. This information will be requested at a future date as part of the monitoring and evaluation stage of the grants process.
  • As stated in the Letter of Offer, all invoices must be made out to the applicant group named on the application form and Letter of Offer and that all expenditure must be clearly visible on the same group’s bank statement.
  • Where possible the standard of the invoices should be of those set out as per the MEA Grants Invoice Standards document.
  • Any cash purchases made by group members should be documented and evidence of reimbursement by the group to the member should be visible on the group bank statement.
  • As declared in the application form, at no point should any member of the applicant group have any interest/financial benefit from the funded project.
  • It should be noted that if not all of the funding awarded by Council can be vouched or if an underspend on the project occurs, Council will clawback this money through the appropriate methods.

Invoice Standards

Please note that grant payments will only be processed whereby bonafied paid invoices have been submitted with a claim.

Invoices should include the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the company the invoice is from.
  • VAT registration number (if applicable).
  • Invoice Date.
  • Invoice Number.
  • Name and address of the person being billed.
  • Description or Reason for Invoice (including dates of events, etc.)
  • The Amount.
  • An Order Number (if applicable).
  • Information on how to make payment.
  • Invoices from individuals should be signed by that individual.
  • Authorisation for payment by a member of your organisation.